Courses offered in English

Howest UAS offers a variety of English-taught programmes:

  • 4 full bachelor's degrees
  • 1 advanced bachelor degree
  • 1 postgraduate certificate
  • English-taught semesters within most of our bachelor programmes, 22 in total, for incoming exchange students. A number of these semester options are offered as postgraduate certificate programmes to non-exchange students.
  • The European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management. 

You can find a list of the programmes below. We warmly welcome international students for degree study, and students from our partner universities for a semester/year of exchange study. 

International brochure

English-taught semesters (for exchange students)

Our English-taught semesters are primarily intended for exchange students from our partner universities, in accordance with the study fields mentioned in our exchange agreement.

Each year, a limited number of students who are not affiliated with a Howest partner school (non-exchange students) can apply to attend a number of Howest English-taught semesters that are offered as postgraduate certificate programmes. Click here for a full list of options and for info on the application and selection requirements for non-exchange students.

Programmes 2021-2022

Autumn Semester

16 English-taught semester programmes (from September to January)

Spring Semester

6 English-taught semester programmes (from February to June)

Course unit descriptions for all English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select the name of your programme.

English-taught semesters, what are they?

An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest bachelor's programme offers in English to incoming students from its partner universities abroad and as a study abroad option to other international students. Many of the English-taught courses are attended by local Howest students, whereas all the other courses of their BA programme are given in Dutch. Dutch is the official language in Flanders and the primary teaching language at Howest.  We often refer to our English-taught semesters as ‘international semesters’, given their global focus and international public combined with the English-medium teaching.

Some of our English-taught semester programmes consist of course units that together amount to 30 ECTS credits, the full standard semester load in European higher education. The English-taught semesters with 30 ECTS do not contain any elective options for students who need the full 30 ECTS semester load. Others, though, count for more than 30 ECTS credits and therefore provide elective options.

Selecting courses from different English-taught semesters is only possible if both programmes are organised on the same campus, and if the schedules are compatible. Schedules are only made available shortly before the start of the semester.

Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment

Howest´s award winning DAE degree programme is taught entirely in English to international and local students. 

Digital Arts and Entertainment has SIX MAJORS:

  1. Game Graphics Production
  2. Game Development
  3. Independent Game Production
  4. 3D Animation
  5. Visual Effects (VFX)
  6. Sound Design

In 2021, Howest was again ranked #1 Best Game Design and Development School in the world by The Rookies, after previously being #1 in 2018 and 2017. Howest DAE also holds the Grads in Games title of  #1 HE Educational Institution in 2021, and previously in 2018. DAE students have also been recognized over the years with numerous awards and accolades for student work via both The Rookies and Games in Grads. Howest DAE is ranked #21 in the 2020 Princeton (USA) Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes.  

Visit www.digitalartsandentertainment.com and have a look at our DAE campus The Level

Download the brochure

Bachelor of Digital Design & Development

Digital Design & Development (DEVINE) is a 3-year degree programme in association with The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory. Devine is offered jointly by Howest UAS and KASK at the Howest Kortrijk campus.

Devine is renowned for its talented students and their desirable and highly employable skillset. Once you graduat, you can start immediately as an  Experience Designer, Front-end Developer, Interaction Designer, Motion Designer, Full Stack Developer, Mobile Developer or simply Deviner.

The Devine programme is taught entirely in English.

Bachelor of Applied Computer Science - major Cyber Security Professional

The Bachelor of Applied Computer Science offers the ideal training to kickstart your career in cyber security. You will study the specific challenges and issues in the field of security and learn how to arm yourself against them.

As a cyber security specialist you will be trained in the very latest technologies and techniques in the field of cyber security, cyber crime and cyber warfare. Our cyber security specialists will go on to provide enhanced security and privacy in the digital world.

Our programme is listed in the Cybersecurity Higher Education database powered by ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity.

This 3-year bachelor's is taught entirely in English.

Read more about the programme

Bachelor of Industrial Product Design

The bachelor’s programme in Industrial Product Design (IPD) at Howest offers hands-on training to students with a passion for sustainable product design. This three-year, full-time programme is taught entirely in English and is offered at our Kortrijk campus to both local and international students.

In our fully equipped workshops, students are immersed in a world of advanced prototyping, creativity and innovative problem solving, human-centered design techniques, materials and technology. They are encouraged to sketch, develop, build and test their ideas freely with the support of an experienced team of instructors and in close collaboration with the industry.

Thanks to its long tradition of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, its many design brands and manufacturing companies, the Kortrijk region has belonged to the Unesco Creative Cities Network since 2017.

For a taste of our students’ award-winning work visit www.industrieelontwerpers.be. And to check out our facilities, go to www.industrialdesigncenter.be.

Read more about the programme

Advanced Bachelor of Bioinformatics

In this programme you first learn to store, process and analyze molecular biological data and thento automatize this with data storage and processing by means of programming and scripting. Moreover, you will learn to develop web applications for molecular data analysis.

Because our students get a comprehensive basis of programming skills during the programme, they provide the (missing) link between ICT experts and molecular biologists.

Read more about the programme

European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management

The European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM) is an initiative of EUREC (Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres) in collaboration with a consortium of higher education institutions, notably the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (NL), the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen HOWEST (BE), the University of Zaragoza (SP), Limerick Institute of Technology (IE) and the University of Pisa (IT). 

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Postgraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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Do you have an IT degree or are you active in the IT world and want to develop further in that field? Kickstart your career in cyber security with a postgraduate certificate from Howest!

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cyber Security programme at Howest University of Applied Sciences in Bruges offers you the ideal training. This 60 ECTS / 1 year programme is offered in English.

For more information, see our brochure or contact kurt.callewaert@howest.be.

Our BA in Applied Computer Science: Cyber Security, which is also taught entirely in English, might be the right alternative if this postgraduate certificate programme is not quite what you were looking for.

English-taught semesters as postgraduate certificate programmes

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Several Dutch-taught bachelor's programmes at Howest offer English-taugt in order to welcome students from international partner universities for an exchange semester or year. Some of those bachelor's programmes also offer their English-taught semester(s) as postgraduate certificate programmes. Each year they select a limited number of students not affiliated with a Howest partner school) to attend. You can find the full list below.

English-taught semesters offered as postgraduate certificate programmes in 2021-2022

In order to be eligible, students must meet the Howest English proficiency requirements and have at least a bachelor's degree. In most cases, the applicant's degree will provide proof of knowledge and competences directly related to the specific study field of the English-taught semester at Howest. You will find more information about specific requirements on the webpage of the postgraduate certificate programme itself (see programme list above).

All applications for English-taught semesters as postgraduate certificate programmes are subject to approval by the Howest admissions team. Due to our hands-on approach with numerous team assignments and projects, we strive for a well-balanced mix within the English-taught semester groups in terms of participant profiles. This will be taken into account during the selections.

The tuition fee for each of the postgraduate certificate semesters is mentioned on the programme's webpage.

Please note that our English-taught semester/postgraduate certificate programmes are not degree programmes. Because of their nature and short duration, an admission letter for these programmes is often not sufficient for the Belgian consular offices to grant applicants the necessary entrance visas for Belgium. There is an extensive and strict list of conditions that must be met in order to obtain such a visa. 

Non-exchange students can apply for the postgraduate certificate and other programmes via howest.be/apply-now. From there you can follow either the international or the domestic application track.

Howest charges an application processing fee of 75 EUR to all students applying with an international diploma. The application fee is fully refundable after registration at Howest is complete, but non-refundable for applicants who are not selected or choose not to attend Howest.

Application deadlines for the English-taught semesters as postgraduate certificate programmes are the same as those that apply for the incoming exchange students. You can find them here.

Our Exchange Study at Howest page contains useful information for non-exchange students too, starting with accommodation, visa requirements, insurance, and more.

Howest course catalogue

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You can find the course catalogue here.

  • Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
  • Next to ‘Opleiding’ select the name of your programme.
  • On each specific programme page, there is a detailed explanation on how to navigate through the catalogue.